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Published: Wednesday December 4, 2013 MYT 6:18:00 PM
Updated: Thursday December 5, 2013 MYT 1:48:48 AM

Junior hockey league sees record participation

KUALA LUMPUR: A record number of 31 teams have confirmed participation for the 2014 edition of the MHC-Milo-NSC Junior Hockey League (MJHL) that will get under way in January.

The MJHL was introduced in 1995 and the number of participating teams has steadily increased over the years, with 26 teams competing this year.

Eight teams will be making their debut in the Under-19 League next year and they are MSSD Larut Matang and Selama, Kota Star Hockey Association (Perak), Permatang Juniors (Selangor), Felda-Academy (Pahang), SMK Dato Bentara Luar Batu Pahat, SM Sains Johor, SMK Dato Penggawa Barat Pontian and Johor Baru Polytechnic (Johor).

Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) competitions committee chairman M. Gobinathan was elated with the increased participation although it might be difficult to complete the MJHL within the three-month period.

“It’s great to see clubs and schools playing a major role in providing exposure to the youngsters by participating in the League,” said Gobinathan.

“We will look into the format and groupings with the aim of cutting down on travelling cost as we have teams from all over the country competing.

“My only disappointment is that none of the teams from East Malaysia are taking part although Sabah did field a team a couple of years back and won the Division Two title in 2009.”

Johor have entered a record six teams, followed Perak (five), Kuala Lumpur and Selangor (four teams each), Penang (three), Perlis, Pahang and Negri Sembilan (two each) and Malacca, Kedah, Terengganu and Kelantan (one each).

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